All Switzerland articles – Page 6

  • 500 guests attended the roll-out of the first Giruno trainset for SBB in May 2017.
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    Stadler receives ‘record-breaking’ orders in a successful year

    2017-06-07T14:10:18Z

    SWITZERLAND: Stadler says its expansion into new geographical markets and industry sectors paid off in 2016, when it received a ‘record-breaking’ number of orders with a total value of SFr4·9bn, more than double the 2015 figure. Turnover and profit were ‘in line with the long-term average’, the company said on ...

  • Hupac has ordered eight Siemens Vectron MS electric locomotives.
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    Hupac orders eight multisystem locomotives

    2017-06-01T09:51:33Z

    SWITZERLAND: Intermodal freight company Hupac has ordered eight Siemens Vectron MS electric locomotives for use on freight services between the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy via the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Announcing the contract on June 1, Siemens said deliveries from its München-Allach plant would begin in early summer of ...

  • The first compete Stadler EC250 Giruno 250 km/h inter-city trainset has been unveiled.
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    250 km/h low-floor trainset for the Gotthard Base Tunnel rolled out

    2017-05-18T15:36:21Z

    SWITZERLAND: President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard joined 500 guests at the official roll-out of the first compete EC250 Giruno 250 km/h inter-city trainset at Stadler’s Bussnang plant on May 18. ‘The Giruno sets a new standard, just like Switzerland did with the Gotthard Base Tunnel’, said Leuthard ‘This ...

  • BLS has selected Stadler for a contract to supply 58 single-deck electric multiple-units.
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    BLS selects Stadler for its largest rolling stock order

    2017-05-02T10:03:52Z

    SWITZERLAND: BLS has selected Stadler for the largest rolling stock order it has placed, a SFr650m contract covering the supply of 58 single-deck electric multiple-units in 2021-26. The order includes 30 EMUs for RegioExpress services and 28 for S-Bahn Bern routes. The 105 m long six-car 160 km/h Flirt units ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways and national road transport association Astag have joined forces to demand a more effective freight transport policy (Photo: AlpTransit Gotthard).
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    SBB wants better co-operation with road transport

    2017-04-11T11:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways and national road transport association Astag have joined forces to demand a more effective freight transport policy at national level and better co-operation between road and rail. At a press conference on April 7 in Basel at which both organisations pledged support for the planned Gateway ...

  • SBB's panorama cars have been branded for the new service.
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    SBB launches Gotthard Panorama Express

    2017-04-10T11:28:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways staged a preview trip for its seasonal Gotthard Panorama Express on April 8. Combining a 2 h 45 min cruise on a steamship on the Vierwaldstättersee with a rail journey over the famous Gotthard pass, the service is intended to stimulate tourist travel over the ...

  • Stadler is evaluating options to develop a new rolling stock plant at  St Margrethen.
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    Stadler proposes move from Altenrhein to St Margrethen

    2017-04-04T08:31:49Z

    SWITZERLAND: Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler confirmed on April 4 that it was evaluating options to replace its Altenrhein site with a new plant at nearby St Margrethen. The new facility would be optimised for the production of Kiss double-deck vehicles, unlike the current leased facility at Altenrhein, which Stadler said ...

  • SBB Stadler Flirt.
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    SBB orders 14 EMUs for RER Vaud

    2017-03-28T11:20:07Z

    SWITZERLAND: A SFr125m contract for Stadler Rail to supply 14 four-car Flirt electric multiple-units for use on the RER Vaud network centred on Lausanne was signed by Swiss Federal Railways on March 24. The EMUs are scheduled to be delivered by 2020. They will be 75 m long with 324 ...

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    Léman Express moves closer

    2017-03-09T16:14:23Z

    EUROPE: During a ‘summit’ between the two railways held in Paris on March 9, SBB CEO Andreas Meyer and SNCF President Guillaume Pepy signed a co-operation agreement for the operation from December 2019 of the Léman Express network of cross-border regional and suburban services centred on Genève. Under the agreement, ...

  • Cheese, chocolate and prepared milk have been delivered in what operator Far East Land Bridge said was the first ever shipment of Swiss dairy products to China by rail.
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    No holes in the plan as Swiss cheese reaches China by rail

    2017-02-28T12:44:48Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Raclette cheese, fondue cheese, milk chocolate and prepared milk have been delivered in what operator Far East Land Bridge said was the first ever shipment of Swiss dairy products to China by rail. The goods travelled by rail from Duisburg in Germany to Chongqing in China via the Trans-Siberian ...

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    Long-distance concession talks break down

    2017-02-17T10:36:25Z

    SWITZERLAND: Negotiations for a national jointly operated long-distance passenger traffic concession with services run by SBB, BLS and SOB collapsed on February 16. Discussions had been underway since autumn last year for the ‘multi-railway’ proposal. SBB issued a statement regretting the failure of the talks and noted that BLS had ...

  • BLS has agreed to sell a 45% stake in its freight subsidiary BLS Cargo to SNCF Logistics.
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    SNCF buys 45% stake in BLS Cargo

    2017-02-16T09:51:47Z

    SWITZERLAND: BLS has agreed to sell a 45% stake in its freight subsidiary BLS Cargo to SNCF Logistics, the French national railway’s freight business. The deal announced on February 16 is subject to regulatory approval. BLS would remain the majority shareholder with a 52% stake, and Ambrogio Group would retain ...

  • Berner Oberland-Bahn Stadler ABDeh 8/8 electric multiple-unit.
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    Berner Oberland-Bahn EMU enters service

    2017-02-13T13:33:48Z

    SWITZERLAND: The first of six Stadler ABDeh 8/8 electric multiple-units ordered by Berner Oberland-Bahn entered revenue service on the metre-gauge route between Interlaken Ost, Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald on February 13. This followed a ceremony on February 10 during which a depot at Zweilütschinen was formally opened and the first of ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways’ Siemens Vectron multi-system electric locomotive.
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    SBB Cargo adopts new financing model for locomotive order

    2017-01-30T11:20:17Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways’ freight business said it was ‘entering into new forms of financing’ when it announced an order for 18 Siemens Vectron multi-system electric locomotives on January 30. SBB Cargo International has opted to order the locomotives through LokRoll, a leasing company set up by family-owned investment group ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has launched its SBB Reiseplaner apps.
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    SBB launches multi-modal trip planning apps

    2017-01-23T15:04:15Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has launched SBB Reiseplaner apps for iOS and Android, providing a door-to-door trip planner based on HaCon’s Hafas platform which includes multi-modal public transport connections, car sharing provider Mobility, private cars and private or hired bikes along as well as car and cycle parking. The user ...

  • Stadler Tea 2/2 electric and Gm 2/2 diesel-electric locomotive for adhesion operation on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
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    Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn renews shunting locomotive fleet

    2017-01-06T10:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has awarded Stadler a SFr23m contract to supply seven locomotives of three types for shunting and hauling infrastructure trains. This will enable the metre-gauge operator to retire its older diesel locomotives, standardise its non-passenger fleet and reduce noise and emissions. The contract signed on December 23 ...

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    Traxx approved for the Gotthard Base Tunnel

    2016-11-29T09:20:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Traxx locomotives which have been upgraded with the latest EBI Cab 2000 automatic train protection software are now approved for operation in the Gotthard Base Tunnel, Bombardier Transportation announced on November 28. Authorisation has been obtained as a result of ‘close co-operation’ between federal transport agency BAV, infrastructure manager ...

  • Wy­nen­tal- und Suh­ren­tal­bahn has awarded Stadler a SFr50m contract to supply five three-car electric multiple-units.
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    Stadler awarded metre-gauge EMU contract

    2016-11-28T12:20:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Wy­nen­tal- und Suh­ren­tal­bahn has awarded Stadler a SFr50m contract to supply five three-car electric multiple-units and spare parts. Entry into service is planned for December 2019, and there is an option for 10 more EMUs. The air-conditioned EMUs will have a maximum speed of 80 km/h. They will be ...

  • Passengers will be able to buy the digital currency Bitcoin from Swiss Federal Railways’ ticket machines (Photo: SBB).
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    Bitcoin to be sold through Swiss ticket machines

    2016-10-31T12:01:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Passengers will be able to buy the digital currency Bitcoin from Swiss Federal Railways’ ticket machines from November 11, under a distribution deal between the operator and financial intermediary company SweePay. SBB said there have been limited opportunities to purchase Bitcoin in Switzerland, and over the past two years ...

  • A groundbreaking ceremony for the 2·7 km new Bözberg Tunnelwas held at Schinznach-Dorf on March 9 (Photo: SBB).
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    Bözberg Tunnel groundbreaking

    2016-03-15T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: A groundbreaking ceremony held at Schinznach-Dorf on March 9 launched construction of the 2·7 km new Bözberg Tunnel, the biggest single element of the project to increase clearances to 4 m to accommodate semitrailers on the Gotthard corridor between Bern and Italy. The new double-track bore is being built ...